UNICO Foundation

The UNICO Foundation Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation. This classification by the IRS allows various contributions to the Foundation to be tax-deductible. The Foundation was incorporated in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1962.

The purpose of the Foundation shall be to receive, accept and make gifts, donations, grants, awards, scholarships, fellowships, and the like, for charitable, scientific, educational, literary and religious purposes.

Every member of UNICO National is also a member of the Foundation.

Scholarships are our number one project. Each year the Foundation grants over 40 scholarships. For a listing of our scholarships please visit the Scholarship page on this website.


The UNICO Foundation makes substantial grants to:

  • Cooley’s Anemia
  • Mental Health Organizations
  • Italian Studie

To obtain a paper grant application,  please click here

The Foundation also offers specific grants for Cancer Research & Prevention and Food Bank/Shelter.  

Cancer Research & Prevention Grant

With cancer touching so many lives, cancer research and prevention continues to be one of UNICO’s major charitable endeavors. Over the years a number of research projects have been supported for varying types of cancer, such as Hodgkin’s Disease, Colon Cancer, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer and more. 

Please click here for the Cancer Research & Prevention Paper Grant Application and Instructions.

Ralph J. Torraco Food Bank/Shelter Fund Grant

Mission:  To feed the hungry and provide shelter for those homeless or the indigent.

Funding Criteria:  To provide funds through community established food/shelter programs that provide food and shelter to those in need.

Who is Eligible:  Food Pantries or soup kitchens/shelters that serve people in need. Agencies supporting communities through rescue efforts. Community based innovative efforts aimed at reducing hunger and assists the needy to find shelter. Organization seeking grant must be a 501(c)3

Grant Guidelines:  The program should not be located in a private home, and must meet all local and State health department regulations. The food/shelter program should have an established track record of providing food and or shelter to low-income clientele. Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens or Shelters should use 100% of the grant to purchase food or provide shelter not for operating or salary costs. The program must be located in the United States and serve people in the United States.

Please Click here for a Food/Shelter Grant Application Paper Application.

For the online version: Click here